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Etrian Odyssey 1 2 3 4 Set: Heroes Of Lagaard, the Drowned City, Legends Of The Titan 3DS [Nintendo DS / 3DS] New
Etrian Odyssey 1 2 3 4 Set: Heroes Of Lagaard, the Drowned City, Legends Of The Titan 3DS [Nintendo DS / 3DS] New
Offered by VGP Video Games Plus
Price: CDN$ 119.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible pricing., June 22 2013
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a review on the pricing, not the games themselves. What justifies the $136 price tag? You can buy the games separately for less than $25 each, maybe a bit more for the 4th. Even VGP, the vendor selling this 4 pack, is selling the first three for about $27 each. Do they really think the 4th game is worth $60 by itself? What gives?

Bundle needs a price drop of about $30-40 to be worthwhile. Until then, just buy the games separately.

eForCity 6x Screen Protector Compatible with Sony PSP Go
eForCity 6x Screen Protector Compatible with Sony PSP Go
Offered by theWireless Company
Price: CDN$ 7.58
2 used & new from CDN$ 7.57

3.0 out of 5 stars Good thing it was a pack of 6!, June 5 2013
Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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I hope you have tiny hands and a microscope, because that's about what it takes to apply one of these perfectly.

The problem with these screen protectors is that any spec of dust larger than a single molecule will leave a giant bubble on the screen. You can dust and dust and dust your screen with the cloth before applying the protector... but good luck getting a spec of dust off the adhesive side of the protector! Unless you live in a sterilized medical lab, chances are that the air in your home has an airborne spec of dust or two at any given time. If that gets onto the adhesive side of the protector before you're able to apply it to the screen... trash. Throw it in the garbage and grab the next protector out of your pack of 6.

But assuming that there's nothing between the screen and the protector, lining it up perfectly can be a hassle too. You start at one side and move to the other and if the side you started at isn't aligned flawlessly, off by a tenth of a millimeter, it's going to be much more noticeable as you work your way to the other side. Off by a little and have to adjust? Probably trash, as now you probably got a molecule of dust on the adhesive. Grab the next protector out of your pack of 6.

Frustration of applying these cursed things, I managed to achieve a satisfactory result on the fifth attempt. Once you actually do have the screen on, it works quite well. It's called a screen protector and it most definitely protects the screen. If you have high blood pressure though, I suggest listening to some soothing music during this whole process. Maybe sounds of the rainforest or some bongo drums.

Skyfall  [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Skyfall [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
Price: CDN$ 6.99
16 used & new from CDN$ 6.99

5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No, but really though... what's up with the price?, Dec 31 2012
Those who said that the price will drop before release are missing that the film is $24.99 on Amazon.com and £14.99 ($24.05) on Amazon.co.uk. Why is it still $44.99 on Amazon.ca? This is a very common occurrence with the Canadian site and it gets tiring. It's enough to make me shop elsewhere for the movie, even if the price does come down to match those of other regions. I don't appreciate being gouged or gauged.

The film itself is fantastic. It has so many correct pieces falling into place. Daniel Craig is an excellent actor as always. Javiar Bardem may be even better. Sam Mendes is a great director. Roger Deakins is perhaps the best working photographer in the business. Thomas Newman's score is great. This is now the highest grossing Bond film of all time, even when accounting for inflation, and for a good reason. It may not be the best in the series, but it comes darn close. If you're a Bond fan, or a fan of action films in general, it would be crazy to not have this film in your collection.

Just don't pay this ridiculous price for it.

XenoBlade Chronicles [RP]
XenoBlade Chronicles [RP]
Offered by Past N Present Video Games
Price: CDN$ 119.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 102.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xenoblade - Get lost in its world., Dec 2 2012
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This game took a while for me to warm up to. The controls were a little awkward at first and the character design is a little uninspired, but I gave this game a chance. I really wanted to like it.

And before I knew it, I had 40 hours of gameplay wracked up on it and I thought, "...Where did the time go?" It's so easy to lose yourself in the story and world. It's expansive, beautiful, and rewards you infinitely for exploring it. The story really takes its time, and that's a great thing.

THE WORLD

To say it's vast is an understatement. It's enormous. It's also full of landmarks. Not only do you get rewarded in EXP for discovering new landmarks, they serve as waypoints for quick travel. Though the world is enormous, once you've uncovered sections of it, returning to points takes no time at all. Keep an eye out for secret landmarks as well, those not marked on a map until you're right on top of them.

What I really like about it is that it strikes such a great balance between open world gameplay and linear storytelling. There's a main story to follow, and I'll get to that in a bit, but there's never a rush. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of sidequests to do, each raising your affinity and recognition in a certain area. One of the major subplots involve rebuilding a colony that was destroyed by the Mechon - the game's major antagonists. This alone involves dozens of hours of finding building materials, recruiting villagers, and doing quests and errands for the rebuilding crew.

THE STORY

In ways, the story feels very post-apocalyptic. It's a world in which humans, or Homs as they're called, build colonies on the body of a sleeping titan out of scraps left behind by an ancient war. There's other species as well, some more mysterious than others. While the war with the Mechon is initially referred to as a past event, it becomes a very personal conflict for the main characters early in the game.

Shulk, the protagonist, begins to have visions of the near future, which drives him to change the tragedy he sees and create a different version of the future. What makes the story so compelling is that there is such a human aspect to it, with a heavy element of fate. He realizes that he can't always change the future, even if he sees it coming. He can influence the world around him, but in the end, people make their own choices, good or bad.

What is behind the visions? Where does the power behind the Monodo, the titular Xenoblade that Shulk wields, come from? What secrets does the past war with the Mechon hold?

THE GAMEPLAY

It's very comparable to Final Fantasy 12 in terms of combining action RPG gameplay with traditional RPG active time battles. The frequency of your attacks is dependent on your character's agility, not how fast you push a button or the weapon you use. Skills are leveled up separately from your character's level and can be freely organized on your skillbar - though there isn't enough room for every skill on your bar, so you must choose wisely and adapt a skill set that suits your play style. Each character fits a class archtype - a tank, a healer, a mage, etc - and there is a little room for adaptation through the use of gem socketing. The gem socketing itself is very elaborate and becomes a huge part of your character build and strength later in the game. It involves crafting gems out of mined minerals and inserting them into sockets of your gear, raising your stat perimeters or giving you bonuses, such as a chance to inflict a negative status.

Shulk's visions that I mentioned early also occur in real-time in battles. Occasionally, he will get a glimpse of an enemy's attack seconds before it happens, giving you a small window of time to evade or counter, or warn an ally of their impending doom.

You can gain experience through questing, exploring, or old-fashioned grinding. Any three or a mixture thereof is a perfectly viable way to advance your characters. There's never a shortage of any of them.

THE CHARACTERS

The characters are interesting enough, but what really makes them stand out is your ability to shape the relationships and bonds you hold with them. For example, using characters together in battle increases their bond, as does timing attacks properly and encouraging your allies. They're also raised or lowered through "Heart-to-Heart" conversations, special events unlocked as your characters grow closer to each other. The relationships you have affect gameplay in various ways, such as increasing your skill at gem crafting (two characters with a strong bond will work harder together to make stronger gems). It affects battle as well, and stronger bonds allows you to allocate abilities learned by other characters. For example, a bond between Reyn, your tank, and Shulk would give you the option of allocating the ability to equip heavy armor on Shulk.

OVERALL

If you're looking for a great RPG for the Wii, you really can't go wrong with this one. It may be an acquired taste for some players, it was for me, but I can almost guarantee you that it will engross you in the end.

PSP Go 9-in-1 Kit - Standard Edition
PSP Go 9-in-1 Kit - Standard Edition

5.0 out of 5 stars The first and last accessory kit you'll ever need for your PSP Go., Nov. 16 2012
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I've been using the kit for about a week now and for the price I paid, I couldn't be more happy with this complete set.

CONTROLLER EXTENSION

I imagine that this will be the selling point for most buyers. It's designed to make your PSP Go look and feel just like a PS/PS2/PS3 controller. The PSP fits into the piece quite nicely. It doesn't come loose while you're playing, but detaches quite easily when it needs to be stored.

The PSP Go has a bit of a design flaw - it's quite small and hurts for most adults to hold comfortably in their hands for extended periods of time. This piece perfectly compensates for that flaw, giving the PSP the same ergonomic feel that comes with a console controller. It also makes it easier to use the L and R buttons.

CASE

Simple design and simple function. The outer case is quite hard, making it resistant to most drops. It won't take any extended or extra rough abuse, but any regular wear and tear that usually comes with storage or transportation will be countered. It has a soft interior that won't scratch the screen, two nylon straps to hold it in place, and a net on the inside for holding extra memory cards, a cleaning cloth, or whatever other small components you might want.

HEADPHONES

It's a cheap pair of headphones. You're not going to find much use for them if you already have a nice pair, but for the purpose, they're definitely better than the built in speakers on the PSP and are essentially a give-away with the rest of the kit.

DOUBLE HEADPHONE JACK

Honestly, I haven't used this piece. I suppose it would be handy if two people were watching videos on the PSP, but I've yet to encounter a scenario in which it was needed. I use my PSP solely for single-player gaming.

AC WALL JACK (2 pieces)

As far as I know, all models of PSP come with a wall jack, but it never hurts to have a back up. Especially if you have pets or small children in the house, AC cords tend to go missing or get wrecked. At the moment, I keep one of mine plugged into my wall at all times for home use and one in my briefcase for when I'm on the go. One less item that I have to pack and unpack when I'm coming or going.

AC CAR JACK

I've found that I can get a solid 5+ hours out of my PSP between recharges, but this would be good for long trips (as long as you're not driving!). It connects to your car AC via USB, so it also works with other portable devices such as your iPod or smartphone. It's a great tool to have for people who spend a lot of time on the road for business or otherwise.

MEMORY CARD CASE

Pretty self explanatory. Between the HD on the PSP Go and my one 8gb card, I have all the space I currently need for my small collection of games (26 games ranging in size from 117mb to 1.8gb). It's definitely useful for those who use their PSP for music or video though, or those who have larger collections of games.

SCREEN PROTECTOR

This is the one piece in the set that I had issue with. It's quite flimsy and slides off easily. The sticker on it also leaves behind a hell of a lot of residue when you peel it off. Any spec of dust particle that was on your screen beforehand will cause very large air bubbles that are next to impossible to get off. I ended up just removing it. It was more trouble than it was worth.

CLEANING CLOTH

Similar to what you might have for your touch screen phone or glasses. Gets the job done pretty well. Not using the screen protector, I actually use this very often.

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